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My hard disk has two partitions, C: for Windows 98, D: for some data. Since I share my computer with some guests and I have some important data in D:,  I want to Make D: invisible to guests.  So I need two systems: 1. Windows 98 with D:( protected with a password)  2. Windows 98 without D:. I don't actually want to install another OS.

Installation steps:

  1. Create a DOS startup floppy disk. If you have one DOS startup floppy disk, skip this step.

    You can use the starting floppy disk of Windows 98/Me etc. If you hard disk is bigger than 8G, you should not use the DOS 6.0 or older version since they can't support the big disk. One easy way to do this is to make a start-up disk from Windows, Control Panel-->Add/Remove Program--> Make startup disk.  You can also download a Windows 98 boot disk here.  Insert a floppy disk to A: and run it , it will automatically create a bootable floppy disk.

  2. Copy ZBOOT.EXE to your startup floppy disk, and restart your computer with that disk. Then run zBoot Manager: A:\>zboot <ENTER>. At this time, it will check your 1st hard disk, and read your current partition information. When you see the Main Menu, use Disk tools->Backup current MBR function to save your current MBR to a file. Obviously, you'd better save it to your floppy disk.

  3. From Main Menu, select "step 1 setup partition list". You can now see your current partition list. Since you don't need to add new partitions at this time, simply press <ESC> to return to Main Menu.

  4. Form Main Menu, select "Step 2 setup zBoot menu". There are three windows here, you can use <TAB> to switch among them. In the first window, you can find a menu item "operating system 1", it is your current system (Windows 98 with D:). Press <R> key to rename it to "Windows 98 with D:".  The window below will list the partitions of Windows 98 at this time. Now, you can add another system.  In the first window, press <C> to copy to a new system, input a name "Windows 98 without D:". In the panel below, delete the one which doesn't have "B" sign ( It is your D:). In the right panel, select "User Password" and press <Enter> to set a password. In the left panel, use <SPACE> ke to lock the first system. Press <ESC> to return to Main Menu

  5. Form Main Menu, select "Step 3 Install zBoot Manager to hard disk" to actually install it. Then remove your floppy disk and restart your computer. 

  6. You will see a boot menu with two items "Windows 98 with D:" and "Windows 98 without D:". Enjoy it!!! 



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